New article on Marx and Luther (via Stalin’s Moustache)

I’ll be honest, I don’t give a tinker’s whiz about Marx. But I’m passing this along because it’s about Luther. Luther’s always worth thinking about – even from the reprobate-ed viewpoint of someone like Karl ‘I’m angry that I didn’t get that job I wanted’ Marx.

Besides, RoBo (Roland Boer, but all his friends call him RoBo) is a good writer.

Enjoy. And just do what I do, mentally excise every mention of the Beast.

‘The New Luther?’ has just been published by Monthly Review. … Read More

via Stalin’s Moustache

1 thought on “New article on Marx and Luther (via Stalin’s Moustache)

  1. Emerson Fast

    “Luther, we grant, overcame the bondage of piety by replacing it by the bondage of conviction. He shattered faith in authority because he restored the authority of faith. He turned priests into laymen because he turned laymen into priests. He freed man from outer religiosity because he made religiosity the inner man. He freed the body from chains because he enchained the heart. ” -Marx

    That is a pretty lamentable interpretation of Luther’s vision. The good doctor was not after the ‘religiosity of the inner man.’ We all know how much Luther despised all mystics, sacramentarians, and anabaptists. These are the fellows who fit Marx’s comments. Luther himself was not particularly concerned about the inner man but about Christ. “Faith” is merely the movement beyond all pietistic dispositions and feelings towards the “Alien Word” which can never be fully integrated in the soul and must always be believed afresh.

    Karl Marx is almost as guilty as the nuebile perspective on Paul folk who erroneously think that Luther was an “individualist”.


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